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A Pilgramage in Japan The 33 Temples of Kannon by Joan D Stamm

“Joan Stamm’s spiritual experience fulfills the four aspects of pilgrimage: seeing into one’s heart, training the mind through meditation, being gladdened in the journey, and transforming one’s daily life.”

– Eido Frances Carney,  Abbess of Olympia Zen Center, and author of Kakurenbo: Or the Whereabouts of Zen Priest Ryokan

Ikebana - The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging


In this subtle arrangement of real life and ancient teachings, Joan Stamm shows how attention to a single flower reveals ageless wisdom. A loving tribute to a living art.”

—Karen Maezen Miller, author of Momma Zen

“The author shapes stem, leaf, and blossom into a dharma of living beauty.”

—Lin Jensen, author of Bad Dog! and Together Under One Roof

“This is a gentle book, beautiful and meditative, that goes right to the heart of ikebana.  It is a book that I will recommend to my students to take their understanding to a different plane.”

—Diane Norman, author of Ikebana: A Fresh Look at Japanese Flower Arranging

Whether bold or delicate, bright, bawdy, or barely there, the point is to become absorbed into the deep essence of the flower, to feel its energy and pulse, to forget the self, to gaze into the heart of a living thing and lose your sense of “I.”
                                                            From Heaven and Earth are Flowers: Reflections on Ikebana and Buddhism